True Hallucinations

Being an Account of the Author's Extraordinary Adventures in the Devil's Paradise

True Hallucinations

In March 1971, Terence McKenna, his brother Dennis and a small gypsy-like band of friends set off for the Colombian Amazonas. Along the surreal way, they encounter a cast of remarkable characters - including a mushroom, a flying saucer, pirates from outer space, and James Joyce in the guise of poultry. One result of their adventures was McKenna's theory that psilocybin, the psychoactive ingredient in the stropharia cubensis mushroom, is the missing link in the development of human consciousness and language...

A Dictionary of Hallucinations

A Dictionary of Hallucinations

A Dictionary of Hallucinations is designed to serve as a reference manual for neuroscientists, psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, psychologists, neurologists, historians of psychiatry, general practitioners, and academics dealing professionally with concepts of hallucinations and other sensory deceptions.

Fish's Clinical Psychopathology

Signs and Symptoms in Psychiatry

Fish's Clinical Psychopathology

Fish's Clinical Psychopathology has shaped the psychiatric training and clinical practice of several generations of psychiatrists, but has been out of print for many years. The third edition of this modern classic presents the clinical descriptions and psychopathological insights of Fish to a new generation of students and practitioners. This is an essential text for students of medicine, trainees in psychiatry and practising psychiatrists. It will also be of interest to psychiatric nurses, mental health social workers, clinical psychologists and all readers who value concise descriptions of the symptoms of mental illness and astute accounts of the many and varied manifestations of disordered psychological function. * Completely revised edition of classic text. * New sections on personality disorder, cognitive distortion, defence mechanisms, memory and unusual psychiatric syndromes. * Updated references to contemporary literature.

French's Index of Differential Diagnosis

French's Index of Differential Diagnosis

French's Index of Differential Diagnosis, 11th Edition focuses on treatise on the application of differential diagnosis to all the main signs and symptoms of diseases. The book covers surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and neurology. The manuscript first ponders on anemia, angioma, antisocial behavior, anxiety, ascites, ataxia, abnormal blood pressure, bradycardia, foulness of breath, and pain in breast. The book then discusses confabulation, cramps, cyanosis, cystinuria, delusions, dementia, diarrhea, diplopia, depression, erythema, and inflammation of eye. The publication takes a look at indigestion, impotence, insomnia, jaundice, keloid, marasmus, muscular atrophy, nasal obstruction, nausea, nasal discharge, swelling of neck, obesity, palpitations, and pelvic swelling. The manuscript also reviews loss of weight, vertigo, vomiting, defects of vision, vaginal discharge, vaginal swelling, sore throat, pain in tongue, trismus, grinding of teeth during sleep, and snoring. The book is a vital reference for researchers wanting to study differential diagnosis.

Best of Five MCQs for MRCPsych Paper 1

Best of Five MCQs for MRCPsych Paper 1

Following hot on the heels of the launch of the new syllabus and new MRCPsych exam in Spring 2008 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, this book contains 450 multiple choice questions. Supporting these MCQs are detailed explanatory answers and revision notes, referenced to the key textbooks used by students. Content is closely matched to the exam and includes practice papers for true exam preparation

Memory Loss E-Book

A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Memory Loss E-Book

Memory Loss combines expert guidance, case studies, and diagnostic tests to help you effectively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other common dementias. Drs. Andrew E. Budson and Paul R. Solomon cover the essentials of physical and cognitive examinations, laboratory and imaging studies, and the latest treatment approaches. The practical text and diagnostic tests are the tools you need to consistently make accurate diagnoses. Confidently diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease and other common dementias through in-depth coverage of clinically useful diagnostic tests and the latest treatment approaches. Tap into the expertise of key leaders in the field for clear and practical guidance. See how to evaluate and manage both common and uncommon conditions with a full range of detailed case studies. Confirm your diagnoses easily with diagnostic tests. Carry the book with you and consult it conveniently thanks to its compact, portable format.

One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology

One Century of Karl Jaspers' General Psychopathology

2013 sees the centenary of Jaspers' foundation of psychopathology as a science in its own right. In 1913 Karl Jaspers published his psychiatric opus magnum - the Allgemeine Psychopathologie (General Psychopathology). Jaspers was working at a time much like our own - with rapid expansion in the neurosciences, and responding to the philosophical challenges that this raised. The idea inspiring his book was very simple: to bring order into the chaos of abnormal psychic phenomena by rigorous description, definition and classification, and to empower psychiatry with a valid and reliable method to assess and make sense of abnormal human subjectivity. After almost one century, many of the concepts challenged by Jaspers are still at issue, and Jaspers' investigation is even now the ground for analyses and discussions. With a new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) imminent, many of the issues concerning methodology and diagnosis are still the subject of much discussion and debate. This volume brings together leading psychiatrists and philosophers to discuss and evaluate the impact of this volume, its relevance today, and the legacy it left. "Jaspers' General Psychopathology is not an easy text to read. Especially nowadays, in the Internet era, it may appear in several parts obscure, convoluted, or repetitive. This is why the present volume has the potential to be not only attractive to scholars, but also extremely useful for young psychiatrists and busy clinicians. It may represent for them a 'guide' to the reading of that ponderous text, helping them to extract the key messages that are likely to resonate with, and at the same time enrich, their clinical practice and theoretical reflection." - From the Introduction by Mario Maj

Psychiatric Emergencies in Family Practice

Psychiatric Emergencies in Family Practice

Crises are not a feature of depressive illness; but this illness needs to be considered in the diagnoses of three acute emergencies: the agitated patient, the withdrawn patient and the suicidal patient. A. The agitated patient. Restless, anguished, phrenetic and impor tunate behaviour. Differential diagnoses include hypomania, acute anxiety and grief, hysteria, drug intoxication, thyrotoxicosis, cerebrovascular accident or cerebral tumour. Agitated depression carries a relatively high risk of suicide. Management usually requires admission and use of adequate doses of antidepressant and neuroleptic drugs, and often ECT. B. The withdrawn patient who avoids social contacts and obligations and is often slowed up in mind and body. Differential diagnoses in clude schizophrenia, CVA or tumour, hysteria and semi-coma includ ing drug intoxication. Withdrawn and retarded patients with depres sive illness are at risk of failing to eat or care for themselves. C. The suicidal patient. May present as unexpected, inexplicable coma; a badly cut patient may be confused by the doctor with acci dent or assault. The immediate emergency is medical or surgical: treatment is for coma, bleeding or asphyxia, and requires immediate admission to casualty. The first presentation of depression is always a minor emergency as it may be the only attempt the patient makes to see a doctor. Diagnosis must be positive, based on the recognition of depres sive features, not negative, based on the exclusion of other dis eases. The cardinal symptoms of depressive illness: 1. Disturbed sleep pattern. 2. Change in appetite for food.

Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity

Working on Identity and Selves

Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity

Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity provides psychoanalytic insights into dissociation, in particular Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), and offers a variety of responses to the questions of self, identity and dissociation. With contributions from a range of clinicians from both America and Europe, areas of discussion include: the concept of dissociation and the current lack of understanding on this topic the verbal language of trauma and dissociation the meaning of children’s art the dissociative defence from the average to the extreme pioneering new theoretical concepts on multiple bodies. This book brings together latest findings from research and neuroscience as well as examples from clinical practice and includes work from survivor-writers. As such, this book will be of interest to specialists in the field of dissociation as well as psychoanalysts, both experienced and in training. This book follows on from Valerie Sinason’s Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity, Second Edition and represents a confident theoretical step forward.